Your Sarcasm Filter Sucks
from the either-that-or-you're-just-not-funny dept
By now, it's pretty obvious written sarcasm is extremely difficult to convey. Any time anyone tries to write sarcastically online there's a large population of people who just don't get it. At all. There just aren't enough browsers that recognize sarcasm HTML tags. In the past, we've noted that such lack of sarcastic reading skills has resulted in trouble in the workplace when people didn't get or didn't appreciate attempts at humorous emails -- though it differs by nationality. Now there's yet another study supporting this. Apparently people were asked to write funny or sarcastic emails, and then others were asked to determine how funny or sarcastic the emails were and most didn't see the humor at all. Of course, as is pointed out in the post, the other possibility is that the writers just weren't particularly funny in the first place.